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Bradley Spinelli w/ David Hale Smith

  • Deep Vellum Books 3000 Commerce Street Dallas, TX, 75226 United States (map)


Spinelli finally reads in Dallas, where he first started writing books. Moderated by renowned literary agent David Hale Smith, author of the introduction to Akashic Books’ Dallas Noir.


It's 1997 at the dawn of the digital age in San Francisco. Ex-journalist and struggling alcoholic David "Itchy" Crane's fledgling "information consultancy" business is getting slowly buried by bad luck, bad decisions, and the growing presence of the Internet. Before he can completely self-destruct, a private investigator offers him fifty grand to find a missing girl named Ashley. Crane takes the job because the money’s right and because the only clue to her disappearance is a dead-on oil portrait of Crane himself--painted by the mysterious missing girl whom he has never met. As Crane's search for Ashley becomes an obsession, he stumbles upon a series of murders for which he begins to fear he's being framed..

"[In] this tricky and delightfully surprising crime novel...Spinelli deftly segues from one genre to another--from hard-boiled noir to paranoid thriller, puzzle mystery (with each and every riddle logically explained), spy caper, and ultimately to something evocative of Bogart and Bacall. Spinelli is definitely a talent to watch."
--Publishers Weekly.

Earlier Event: November 1
Pegasus Reading Series
Later Event: November 11
Pandora's Box Poetry Collection